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5 Things You May Not Know About Google My Business Categories

November 12, 2021
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5 Things You May Not Know About Google My Business Categories

Abby Costello

Google My Business Categories are often an overlooked, yet necessary tactic that people tend to forget about in the Local Search Marketing space. Making sure your Google My Business categories are correct can help you rank higher. Google places high importance on category associations. This is why it is ranked the #3 factor for Google local packs. Keeping your categories in check for your specific business can help you appear higher on local search. Here are a few other tips you should know about Google My Business (GMB) categories.

1. “Category Dilution” is not true based on tests

Category Dilution is the concept that states you can “weaken” your ranking for a category if you have more than one category on your GMB listing. The opposite is actually the case, adding more categories often results in an increase in ranking and clicks because you show up for more related queries.

2. Primary categories hold more ranking power

Pick the primary category for your business wisely, they hold more ranking weight than secondary categories. Analyzing your business and choosing the correct primary category can be crucial for your Google My Business account. When people search for your business online, you want to make sure your primary category is relevant to their needs.

3. Google is constantly changing the names of categories

For instance, “Lincoln Mercury Dealer” got renamed to “Lincoln Dealer” in Fall 2018 and “Natural Foods Store” got renamed to “Natural Goods Store” in December. Google can rename categories and confusing these renamed categories with new categories is something to keep in mind when checking your categories.

4. Google removes old categories and adds new ones on a regular basis

In the first six months of 2018 in the U.S., Google added 34 categories and removed 36. For example, they added “Fitness Class,” and removed “Dog Sitter.” As if changing their names wasn’t enough to confuse us. Keeping your categories in check is key.

5. New Google My Business categories can help improve your ranking

As Google continually updates and removes categories, there’s a positive outcome to this mayhem. Keeping tabs on when Google updates new categories and updating your GMB primary category can put you at the top of that category GMB listing. Being the first to move on a newly added category can put you to the first page overnight!

To learn more about Google My Business categories and how to apply them to your Local Business Pack, contact Red Shark Digital today at (252)-751-9200.

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